How to grow pumpkins in Minecraft

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How to grow pumpkins in Minecraft

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Minecraft Pumpkins have more uses than you think. Of course, you can use them as food, but there are also other more decorative uses. And even an important survival app.

In order to grow pumpkins in Minecraft, you will first need to find a pumpkin or pumpkin seeds in your outside world of Minecraft. Pumpkins are often found in the Windswept Hills, Windswept Gravelly Hills, and Plains biomes, or in Villages. You can also find pumpkin seeds in loot chests in villages, dungeons, forest mansions, and mineshafts.

However, if you’re working with a pumpkin, once you’ve found one, it’s time to dig it up. Simply press the Pumpkin with the use button, the same way you would break a tree or other block. While you can crack open a pumpkin by hand, the fastest method is with an axe.

How to get pumpkin seeds in Minecraft

As mentioned above, you can find Pumpkin Seeds in your Minecraft world without having to locate Pumpkin in the wild. Pumpkin Seeds can drop from loot chests in Dungeons, Towns, Mineshafts, and Woodland Mansions. In Bedrock Edition, if you start your game with a Bonus Chest, you can even start with Pumpkin Seeds in your arsenal.

While searching these chests, you can also find Beetroot Seeds and Melon Seeds. Beetroot Seeds can be found in all of the places mentioned above, as well as End City Chests, while Melon Seeds can be found in Dungeon, Mineshaft, or Woodland Mansion Chests.

Pumpkin Seeds in Minecraft Mineshaft Chest

If you find a pumpkin in the wild before you find its seeds, don’t rush to turn it into pumpkin pie. Make sure to get those seeds out and farm them for endless pumpkin pies!

Where to find pumpkins in Minecraft

To craft pumpkin seeds, you can either use a crafting table or your own crafting block in person. Simply open your inventory and place a Pumpkin in any of the slots on the crafting grid. You will then be able to grab four pumpkin seeds from the right side of the Crafting UI.

Pumpkin Seeds Minecraft Crafting Recipe

Actually, the best way to get pumpkin seeds involves the best of both worlds! By carving a pumpkin, not just for Halloween, you’ll be collecting pumpkin seeds, while also retaining a nice carved pumpkin decorative element to boot. As you’ll see below, this in itself has its own uses.

How to grow minecraft pumpkins from seeds

Pumpkin seeds are intended for field planting only. They establish a stem where they are planted and eventually create a gourd on any adjacent dirt block, grass block, farmland, podzol, moss block, or coarse dirt block.

Minecraft Pumpkin Farm

If a Pumpkin has already grown on a nearby block, the stem will remain dormant until the pumpkin is removed, as each stem can only grow one Pumpkin at a time. However, each individual stalk has an infinite capacity to produce pumpkins. So unlike other arable crops, you don’t have to re-sow seeds every time you get a Pumpkin.

In order to grow, Pumpkin Seeds, and subsequent stems, need a minimum light intensity of 10 in the block above the stem to grow and produce pumpkins.

While Bone Meal affects the development of Pumpkin Seeds on a stem, it does not affect Pumpkin production. The stem twists after a pumpkin has grown. A single fully grown stalk can connect to a Pumpkin in any adjacent space, giving the stalk a total of five different appearances. When the Pumpkin is removed, the stem returns to its original straight shape.

Pumpkin stems are technically blocks. They are not available as things in the Java Edition, but can be edited in the inventory or added to the Bedrock Edition via plugins.

Uses of pumpkins in Minecraft

carved pumpkin

A carved pumpkin is created by cutting a pumpkin with scissors. The gourd itself can be placed first or carved directly into the stem before picking. A carved pumpkin, despite its lack of protection, can be used as a helmet. When worn, the player’s perspective is limited to a mask pattern that resembles a carved pumpkin face.

Minecraft Carved Pumpkin Helmet

The pattern is not visible from a third person perspective or when the F1 key is pressed.

As mentioned, this doesn’t provide much protection and hinders your vision, so it’s not best used in place of a helmet, except in one specific situation… Around Endermen! If you use a Head Carving Pumpkin near any Enderman, anywhere, they will no longer get irritated when you look at them, meaning they are much less likely to attack you. This is most useful in Warped Forests in the Nether and The End.

Also, carved pumpkins can simply be used as an awesome decorative block, particularly in October!…

Jack O’Lanterns

Speaking of which, you can also turn a carved pumpkin into a Jack o’Lantern, a solid block of light formed by placing a carved pumpkin on top of a torch on a crafting grid.

Jack o Lanetern Crafting Recipe

When submerged in water, the pumpkins still emit light and have a brightness of 15. They are capable of melting snow and ice, just like most other light sources.

Try mixing up some carved pumpkins with Jack o’Lanterns around your base next Halloween!

golems

A later use of Carved Pumpkins and Jack o’Lanterns is in the creation of Golems. Both snow and iron golems can be forged with the use of a carved gourd or gourd (although the latter would be a waste of a perfectly good torch, as it makes no difference to the golem’s final appearance).

To make your own Iron Golem, you will need the carved pumpkin and four iron blocks. Arrange the four iron blocks in a T-shape, finally placing the pumpkin on top, immediately bringing the formation to life!

Iron Golem Snow Golem Minecraft

To create a Snow Golem, on the other hand, you will only need two blocks of snow, placed one on top of the other. Finally, place the carved pumpkin on top and your cool new friend will appear.

You can take this one step further by using Scissors on a Snow Golem, which will remove the Pumpkin, and your Golem will look more like a classic snowman…

minecraft snowman

As you can see from the images, a Snow Golem is useful for creating a trail of snow that you can then pick up with the right tool.

Pumpkin cake

By placing a Pumpkin on a crafting grid with a Sugar and an Egg, you can bake yourself a delicious Pumpkin Pie! Eating one restores 8 hunger and 4.8 saturation.

Frequent questions

Why won’t my pumpkins grow in Minecraft?

Make sure your pumpkin has at least one empty space next to the stem. Also, the block immediately next to the pumpkin stem should be made of dirt, sandy soil, grass, or farmland. Every other block will be free of pumpkins.

How often do pumpkins grow in Minecraft?

Each pumpkin stem takes between ten and thirty minutes to grow. This is roughly equivalent to a day and a half of Minecraft. Ensuring that all four neighboring blocks remain open reduces the duration to less than ten minutes.

What is the best way to grow pumpkins in Minecraft?

By placing water up to three blocks away from your farmland, you can hydrate nearby farmland, giving the soil blocks a darker brown color. Crops planted in hydrated soils will grow at a faster rate. Remember, unlike wheat, melons and pumpkins do not grow on the same block they were planted on.

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